Post # 1
We’re down to two locations, both country clubs, and I’m having a tough time deciding which one would be best for our reception. We’re having around 150-175 guests and seating will be done with long banquet tables. The one that I like more aesthetically (and is cheaper overall) is a restaurant dining room, not a reception hall. The main problem are these brick columns dividing the room in the middle, making arranging the guests a little more complicated, as well as just being obstructions to the view. I’m also afraid people might feel like they’re being pushed to the outskirts if they’re sitting farther from the main action. I suppose you could also spin it that it creates a feeling of intimacy for the guests =P?
*edit: pictures not sizing properly, see pics at:
Option #1 above
The other option is more neutral and refined wide open space, which is more conducive to the seating and dance floor, but I’m not too much a fan of the sparseness and their default chairs, table settings, etc are big and ugly and emblazoned brightly with their logo…I’d probably want to replace a lot of items with rentals on top of the fact that it’s a bit pricier (not by any astronomical number though but with rental costs, I don’t know…). But my guests will be able to see everything clearly and not feel like packed sardines.
So yeah, what do the rest of you bees think? As much as this event is about me and the FI, we do want our family and friends to feel comfortable and happy in the space. And my relatives are pretty split between the two options so that doesn’t really help. But I’ve been looking at these too much so some fresh eyes are good. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I’d go for option #2 – maybe it’s just the way it is decorated in the photos, but it looks more "put together" than option #1 and will look fabulous if you decide to rent different linens, etc that are more you.
Also, if you’re really worried about them feeling like sardines in option #1 – then definitely pick #2 and that is one less thing you have to worry about 🙂
Post # 4
Personally, I like the look of option #1 more, it’s definitely more modern and streamlined, but I don’t think I like it for a wedding. It looks a lot like a hotel restaurant (I know it’s a country club). During the reception, most people will want to be looking at you, having your first dance, etc, and also if the area is more condusive to dancing, it will make more people want to dance. If the dance floor and people’s views are blocked by columns, or they feel like they are packed in like sardines, it may be difficult for people to get in and out of their seats to actually go dance. And personally, I would want to make it easier for people to do so.
I don’t know the formality of your wedding, but option #2 looks more wedding-y to me. #1 looks like a bit like a corporate luncheon, but could definitely be good for a more casual (or very modern) wedding. When you talk about option #2’s items being covered in their logo, what items are they? Also, as much as we all love chairs, chair covers, etc, once you have all the people in there and your colors, centerpieces, etc, you won’t even notice half that stuff and I guarantee your guests won’t either. Don’t go crazy with rental items if you really don’t need to, but if they are things that will really drive you crazy, then work out all the numbers with the rentals (just make a few calls to get a rough estimate) and then compare everything. Then you can make a real informed decision.
But back to the real issue here: I feel like it’s difficult enough to make your guests feel included, and so that nobody feels like they are seated at the furthest table and therefore pushed out of the action, but if you have other obstructions making it so much more obvious that these people are being pushed to the outskirts, like you said. My vote is #2, but you probably can’t make a bad decision, they’re both beautiful! And wow, I am so sorry for this ridiculously long post!!
Post # 5
I’d go for option 2 as well, just because it’s more neutral!
Post # 6
I like #1 more personally. I just love the non-traditional wedding look of it (I’m into different things). I love the windows and the brown & green colors (hopefully those match or complement your colors). But I understand your concern about guests not being able to see the action from every table. Ultimately, just go with your (and your FI’s) gut instinct. Whichever you choose will be wonderful!
Post # 7
I think they both look great – I also think they are completely different atmospheres. So I suppose its a question of whether you can afford and want to coordinate all the extra rentals for #2, and which type of atmosphere fits your wedding better. While #2 is more traditionally wedding-y, #1 is very modern/sophisticated looking. If your colors are pastels and you want things to look like a spring garden party, #1 is probably not for you. If your colors are more modern and the feel of your decor is a little more edgy, the the big cream and gold banquet room is probably not for you. I personally prefer #1; it is quite unique. #2 looks very generic-wedding-banquet-ballroom to me, but that’s just me.
Post # 9
Personlly, I like #1. however, given the concerns that you listed, i would say go for #2. The decor in #2 can be changed to suit your wishes. The brick posts in #1 are there to stay.